Friday, 04 July 2008

Philippa Green

Philippa is one of the success stories of the department. Here she is standing in front of a showcase of her work at her new workshop in Waal street in Cape Town.

A typical creative's workbench...

Table Mountain in the background.

Africa Nova

I popped in to see the jewellery that was on display in Africa Nova and was pleasantly surprised to see that no less than 5 of the department's graduates work was on display. This pic shows work by Marlene de Beer (rings), Philippa Green (perspex cuffs) and Jane McIlleron (silver patterned bracelet).

The other two are Leigh Clark and Nicola Savage (earrings)

Lions Head

I've just spent my annual busman's holiday in Cape Town, teaching Gemmology to the CPUT 3rd year students. Trying to get some exercise in Cape Town can be tricky as the weather plays a big role in the winter. John Skotnes and I walked up Lion's Head one afternoon just before the rain came. This pic shows John with Devil's Peak in the background.

Artisan Exhibition

A whole group of lecturers and graduates from the jewellery design department at DUT are participating in this exhibition. The ones I can remember offhand are; Marlene de Beer, Samantha Vincent, Michelle Pujol, Perusha Naidoo, Genevieve Motley, Barbra Rishworth and Leigh Clark... The pics show some of my pieces...

These are silver earrings with rolled paper texture that I developed for my MA at Stellenbosch. They are displayed on top of embossed and patinated fine silver plates...

The necklace is made from largish white seedbeads, as used by the local Zulu ladies, with silver jump rings on the tips. The stitch is the 'euphorbia' stitch and is a traditional Zulu stitch. I'm not sure that is the traditional Zulu name though...

The dragonfly brooch/earring is made from silver wire and has developed a golden patina from years of hanging on my office wall. I made a range of titanium dragonflies for my master's... must show some of them..